Crispation

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crispation A very slight convulsive or spasmodic contraction of certain muscles, external or internal. "Few men can look down from a great height without creepings and crispations ."
    • Crispation The act or process of curling, or the state of being curled.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crispation The act of curling, or the state of being curled or wrinkled.
    • n crispation In surgery, a slight morbid or natural contraction of any part, as that of the minute arteries of a cut wound when they retract. Mayne.
    • n crispation A minute wave produced on the surface of a liquid by the vibrations of the supporting vessel, as when a moistened finger is moved around the rim of a glass, or when a glass plate covered by a thin layer of water is set in vibration by a bow.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
CF. F. crispation,

Usage

In literature:

A crispation of interest passed over the congregation; every chin was raised.
"The Imperialist" by (a.k.a. Mrs. Everard Cotes) Sara Jeannette Duncan
During his slumber slight nervous crispations coursed over his face.
"Therese Raquin" by Emile Zola
Crispate -us: with a wrinkled or fluted margin.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
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